Marriage Equality & LGBT Rights Round-Up 5/24/13

Written by scott on May 24th, 2013

Gay Wedding RingsThere are a number of other stories today that either aren’t big enough for their own posting or that we just don’t have time to get to on their own. So here’s our recap of the ones that would otherwise fall through the cracks.

MARRIAGE EQUALITY TESTS ILLINOIS MODERATES

Kyle Hillman sees marriage equality as a litmus test for moderate democratic politicians in the state, and for republicans too. The Huffington Post reports:

With a looming vote here in the Illinois House, SB10 is going to force conservative legislators in the state to choose to support this societal shift toward equal marriage or else risk being labeled extreme and out of touch in future statewide races. One only has to look to the most recent gubernatorial race to see how the politics of association and fear work in non-presidential elections in Illinois.

MARRIAGE EQUALITY USA TO HONOR GAVIN NEWSOM NEXT WEEK

MEUSA plans to honor former San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom at a fundraiser next Wednesday night in San Francisco. Gay USA reports:

The Marriage Equality USA San Francisco Awards Reception, honoring Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, Bingham McCutchen LLP and the San Francisco City Attorney’s Office, will bring together LGBT community members and leaders, straight allies, entertainment industry and corporate leaders, and celebrities to raise funds for and highlight contributions to the marriage equality movement, on Wednesday, May 29th, from 6:00-8:30pm at Chambers Eat + Drink, 601 Eddy Street, San Francisco.

TRANSGENDER STUDENT WILL SKIP GRADUATION INSTEAD OF WEARING A FEMALE GOWN

It’s sad that some people are so small-minded that they’d try to force this on a transgender person. LGBTQ Nation reports:

Damian Garcia, a graduating senior at St. Pius X who identifies as male and had a legal name change last year, was told by the school officials that he must wear the white gown reserved for females, or not participate in the ceremony. And so, Garcia elected to stay home. “I’m fully respecting this and myself by not walking and/or attending the ceremony at all,” Garcia said, in a post Wednesday on Facebook, in which he thanked his supporters and said the school refused to amend its decision.

FRANCE MAY BAN ANTI MARRIAGE EQUALITY GROUP

No, not the one with the huge rallies. The more radical one with the guy who shot himself in Notre Dame in protest this week. France24 reports:

A radical far right group opposed to France’s recent legalisation of gay marriage could be banned following comments some have claimed amount to a call to violence, French Interior Minister Manuel Valls said Thursday. Known as the Printemps francais (French Spring), the group is among those set to take part in a major protest in Paris on Sunday against the ‘marriage for all’ bill, signed into law by President Francois Hollande earlier this month. Speaking to the radio station France Info, Valls said he was looking at the possibility of banning the group following “unnacceptable” recent statements, in which the organisation appeared to threaten the government and individuals supporting gay marriage.

 

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